205-2 Program Components (Continued) 5« Research and Development Program authorizes: (a) research, development, and evaluation activities to enhance the effectiveness of bilingual education and other programs for persons who have language proficiencies other than English; and (b) dissemination of information regarding teaching and learning, bilingualism, and lirnited-English-proficient (LEP) student achievement, which is useful for programs of Di lingual education* a. Research, Development and Evaluation is supported under Part C of Title VII« Since 1979* research and evaluation activities have focused on three areas—assessment of national needs for bilingual education, improvement of the effectiveness of services to students, and improve- ment in Title VII management and operation. b. Dissemination of information related to bilingual education and ser- vices to children with limited English proficiency is the responsibil- ity of the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education. Newsletters and publications are widely disseminated to existing projects, State education agencies, and government decision-makers, Eligibility: 1. State Education Agency Projects for Coordinating Technical Assis- tance^Only State education agencies are eligible for assistance. 2* Multifunctional Service Centers.. Those eligible include: (1) in- stitutions ofhighereducation[Including junior colleges and community colleges and private nonprofit organizations) which apply, after con- sultation with, or jointly with, one or more local education agencies or a State education agency; (2) local education agencies; and (3) State education agencies, 3. Evaluation,Dissemination, and Assessment Centers. Those eligible for assistance are a local educational agency or an institution of higher edu- cation that applies jointly with one or more local education agency. 4. Materials Development Projects Program. A local education agency or institution of higher education that applies jointly with one or more local education agency is eligible for assistance under the Materials Development Projects Program* 5. Research and Development Program. Awards under this program are made by grant and contract on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, private and non-profit oryan- zations, State education agencies, and individuals.ield of training teachers for bilingual education.